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Monitoring fine dust – by bike

Combining low-cost sensors and bikesharing to collect more pollution-monitoring measurements in the city

Annelie Bortolotti
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07 April 2022by Giovanni Blandino

Low-cost, versatile and energy-efficient sensors would make environmental monitoring in our cities more widespread and extensive. In Greece, a bikesharing company wants to expand its fleet of bicycles with low-cost sensors and use them to measure particulate matter, with benefits for both citizens and municipalities who would be able to benefit from more data on city pollution. However with innovation comes challenges and the Center for Sensing Solutions is working to solve technical aspects associated with this idea by drawing on what has already been tested in South Tyrol.

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